Apple announces new iPad Pro with trackpad support and enhanced optics

Apple's new iPadOS now supports trackpads


Apple’s new iPad Pro is its most advanced yet, featuring a new processor, enhanced software and improvements imaging technologies including an ultra-wide camera and a LiDAR scanner.

Trackpad support on iPadOS 13.4

With a trackpad, Apple wants users to experience their iPad in a new way. Instead of copying the traditional macOS trackpad experience, it has been completely re-imagined for the iPad. When moving across either the 11-inch or 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display, the pointer transforms to highlight user interface elements. Furthermore, multi-touch support means you can navigate the system without lifting your hand.

The new Magic Keyboard brings scissor switches back (via Apple)

Alongside the new iPad Pro, Apple also showcased its new Magic Keyboard. It has a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, backlit keys and a trackpad. This is expected to go on sale in May starting for Dh1,199 and will work with the previous generation iPad Pro.

A12Z Bionic processor

Tailored for 4K video editing and 3D design, the eight-core GPU on the processor gives you a performance boost and better thermal performance. This, in combination with the eight-core CPU and powerful Neural Engine delivers incredible performance in a thin and lightweight chassis.

You can use next-generation applications on the iPad Pro without having to worry about running out of power (via Apple)

Furthermore, the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display brings P3 wide colour support for vivid and true to life multimedia. Its ProMotion technology automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz for smooth scrolling and responsiveness.

Pro camera and breakthrough LiDAR scanner

The new iPad Pro features a 12MP wide camera camera alongside a new 10MP ultra-wide unit. The tablet supports 4K video recording and enables different perspectives for creative professionals by adding an extra camera. In conjunction with this, you also get five studio-quality microphones that deliver super clean audio making the new iPad Pro a versatile mobile studio for many.

Take advantage of the iPad Pro as a versatile mobile studio (via Apple)

Apple’s LiDAR scanner on the other hand can measure the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away. The tight integration of both the A12Z chip and depth frameworks in iPadOS allows users to experience a new class of AR experiences. Furthermore, the LiDAR scanner improves the Measure application, to easily calculate one’s height more accurately. There is also a new Ruler View built into the application for granular measurements with the ability to save screenshots for future use.

Pricing and availability

Apple’s new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro devices in either gray or silver are available to pre-order today starting for Dh3,199 and Dh3,999 respectively. By default, they will ship with 128GB of storage and WiFi connectivity. You can configure them though with more storage and cellular connectivity based on your preference.